[frame src=”http://www.homeonderanged.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/chasingRabbits-copy1.jpg” link=”” target=”_self” width=”150″ height=”150″ alt=”Dad’s Turn at Home on Deranged” align=”right”]Welcome to the latest installment of a weekly contribution to the site by my husband, Thomas: Chasing Rabbits. In case you missed the first one, why Chasing Rabbits? My husband will be the first to admit that his thought process can be a bit…er…random. He starts in one spot, chases after some rabbits, sometimes all the way down the rabbit hole and back, but it
mostly usually always ends in a great place. But don’t take my word for it…
The internet: a land of infinite misinformation
We are currently in the market for a new host due to increased traffic across Home On Deranged and some of my other projects. We have used Dreamhost in the past, which has actually been a pretty good host.
The truth is that Dreamhost allowed us far greater resources than they should have. When we were using a shared hosting service I could send them a support ticket complaining about our site being “throttled” and they would relocate us to a lower traffic server. But all good things must come to an end. As our web portfolio grew, I was forced to seek out VPS or Dedicated Server options.
A quick tutorial on what the different types of hosting are:
Shared Hosting: Low cost hosting, where many users share the same server. Server resources are a sloppy free-for-all, but if you don’t have high traffic there really isn’t a problem here.
Dedicated Server: The Cadillac of the hosting world. This is your own server, especially for you. Dedicated servers carry a premium. Don’t like to share? Get a dedicated server!
Virtual Private Server (VPS): A VPS is essentially a dedicated server split up between a couple users. Rather than competing against hundreds of users for system resources on a shared server, you have a set amount of resources that you are GUARANTEED.
Right now our sites are hosted at Dreamhost on a VPS. Our usage has spiked recently due to a couple sites I have added and will only continue to increase. Rather than increasing our current VPS every month until we outgrow their service I decided to start shopping around now.
What I found has left me with a terrible taste in my mouth.
Internet land of infinite misinformation, part 2
I am a huge supporter of advertising. My background is in advertising and I believe it is very important to publishers. I am not, however, a supporter of disguising advertising as information and putting it out to the masses. Let me explain.
[frame src=”http://www.homeonderanged.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/internet-misinformation.jpg” link=”” target=”_self” width=”380″ height=”” alt=”The Internet: land of infinite misinformation – Chasing Rabbits series on Home on Deranged” align=”right”]There are affiliate sites like Clickbank or Commission Junction that allow publishers to place product links and descriptions on their site. The publishers then receive a commission on each sale. This has created a new era of misinformation.
When I was searching for a host, the same names kept popping up. When I would run a WhoIs database search on the sites promoting these hosts, I noticed that NONE of them had these companies as their host. Not a single one. So why would these websites have fake host reviews? Because the link you just clicked in the review will end up paying them if you complete a purchase. Pretty sneaky, eh?
It is terribly difficult to determine which information is genuine and which has been generated for the sole purpose of making a few bucks. These sites are dangerous. They are spreading misinformation. Some of these hosts with aggressive affiliate campaigns are actually pretty crappy companies. But you wouldn’t know that, because there are thousands of publishers promoting them as the greatest companies ever.
If you read a review promoting a host as the greatest thing ever, make sure to run a WhoIs on their website to see who they actually use as a host.
If the host link in the article has ANYTHING other than the address of the host, be wary. Most of the affiliate links will show the current page at the front of the linking url so the affiliate knows where the directing traffic came from but some will show a username at the end. If the article has an affiliate link use your brain. Promoted products leave out negative comments. They bend the truth. They lie.
Agree? Disagree? There’s plenty of information, certainly, and it comes down to us to try and wade through what’s real and what’s a little less so. Share your thoughts with us in comments so we can be intrigued!Hosting Image courtesy of ddpavumba / FreeDigitalPhotos.net